Fishermen's huts in Naples - the nucleus of a three week cholera outbreak - have been demolished to prevent further spreading of the disease.
Fishermen's huts in Naples - the nucleus of a three week cholera outbreak - have been demolished to prevent further spreading of the disease. More than 600 police and workmen, supported by naval launches, descended on Naples harbour on Tuesday (18th September). Many of the shacks in the area were used for selling shellfish. Poisoned mussels were blamed for the spread of the disease. 26 people died.
Police and firemen sealed off the Mergellina area. Naval launches were seen offshore, just near large beds of mussels. Ignoring abuse from crowds of fishermen, workmen destroyed the huts and stalls with hammers and pneumatic drills.
Two days later, the fishermen attacked a local government Prefect during a demonstration over a ban on shellfish. Several people were injured and four arrested in the scuffle.
Health authorities in Italy say they are confident the outbreak is over. Only a handful of new confirmed cases have been reported in the last week.